What a contrast! Some months after one of our more severe droughts, Northland was hit by torrential rain – up to 200ml in some places and reputed to be a once-in-500-year event. Our thoughts are with those who have experienced damage to property, stock and vehicles, and with the emergency and clean-up crews who demonstrated once again that they truly are indispensable. Because, of course, we’ve just experienced Covid-19, where our essential workers proved to be just that.

Local art makes the Taipa Bridge unique

Once Level 1 arrived we were straight out the door, along with many other enthusiastic travellers. I’ve never seen so many RVs on the road at one time, and while most were fine, my husband did make the comment that while he hoped people were enjoying their travels, he wished some of them would enjoy them a little bit faster.

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